Faculty Profile

Mark Ruhl

Glenn E. and Mary L. Todd Professor of Political Science (1975), Department Chair

Contact Information

ruhl@dickinson.edu

Denny Hall Room 207
717.245.1501
http://users.dickinson.edu/~ruhl/

Bio

He specializes in comparative politics. His research centers on the politics of democratization in contemporary Latin America with a special emphasis on civil-military relations.

Education

  • B.A., Dickinson College, 1970
  • M.A., Syracuse University, 1972
  • Ph.D., 1975

2013-2014 Academic Year

Fall 2013

LALC 101 Intro Latin American Studies
A multi-disciplinary, introductory course designed to familiarize students with the regions through a study of their history, economics, politics, literature, and culture in transnational and comparative perspective. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework that will prepare students for more specialized courses in particular disciplines and specific areas of LALC studies. Required of all LALC majors. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.

LALC 251 Latin Amer Govt & Politics
Cross-listed with POSC 251-01.

POSC 251 Latin Amer Govt & Politics
Cross-listed with LALC 251-01.

POSC 390 Compar Political Corruption
The comparative political corruption seminar will focus on embezzlement, bribery, and other abuses of public office for private material gain. After a general introduction to the subject (definition, measurement, consequences), we will investigate why the level of political corruption varies so widely from country to country (from endemic in Nigeria to almost non-existent in Singapore). Six case studies (United States, Israel, Italy, China, Russia, India, Angola) will help us to isolate the most important factors that explain this variation. The seminar will conclude by considering alternative reform strategies for reducing corruption. Readings will include Robert Klitgaard's classic book "Controlling Corruption," Chinua Achebe's novel of political corruption in a new nation, "No Longer at Ease," and other texts.

LALC 490 Lat Am Interdisciplinary Res
Research into a topic concerning Latin America directed by two or more faculty representing at least two disciplines. Students must successfully defend their research paper to obtain course credit. The paper is researched and written in the fall semester for one-half course credit and then defended and revised in the spring semester for the other half credit. Prerequisite: senior majors.

Spring 2014

LALC 101 Intro Latin American Studies
A multi-disciplinary, introductory course designed to familiarize students with the regions through a study of their history, economics, politics, literature, and culture in transnational and comparative perspective. The purpose of the course is to provide a framework that will prepare students for more specialized courses in particular disciplines and specific areas of LALC studies. Required of all LALC majors. This course fulfills the Comparative Civilizations graduation requirement.

LALC 251 Latin Amer Govt & Politics
Cross-listed with POSC 251-01.

POSC 251 Latin Amer Govt & Politics
Cross-listed with LALC 251-01.

LALC 490 Lat Am Interdisciplinary Res
Research into a topic concerning Latin America directed by two or more faculty representing at least two disciplines. Students must successfully defend their research paper to obtain course credit. The paper is researched and written in the fall semester for one-half course credit and then defended and revised in the spring semester for the other half credit. Prerequisite: senior majors.